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Tim Shorrock, US Journalist
Menschenrechte, Demokratie, Korruption, Militarismus, Narionalismus
geboren und aufgewachsen in Japan und Korea
Tim Shorrock is a Washingtonbased writer who was raised in Japan and South Korea during the Cold War.
He is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing
A blog from Tim Shorrock on capitalism, national security, East Asia, and World Boogie. Quote from a Bob Dylan song.
MONEY DOESN'T TALK, IT SWEARS
2017.08.05 Marking the Armistice: Dispatch from South Korea
First published 2013.08.03
2017.08.05 Time to End the Cold War in Korea
First published 2013.08.04
2017.08.05 Congress and North Korea: Diplomacy Not on the Table
First published 2017.02.02
2016.05.19 (Source: Facebook)
I agreed yesterday to donate my collection of FOIA documents on US policy in South Korea during the Kwangju period, 1979 to 1980, to the city. Mayor Yoon and I worked out the agreement yesterday. It's going to take a while, but the city will get all 4,000 pages of declassified documents from the State Department, the Pentagon, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council and the CIA. They will be open to researchers and eventually copied in PDF format so anyone can search them. I'm very proud that they will find a home with the great city of Kwangju, which suffered so much from a South Korean military dictator who was backed by the Carter administration despite its knowledge of what had happened in Kwangju. This is a great day for me, and I thank Mayor Yoon and his wonderful staff in the city's human rights office.
2016.07.26 (source: Facebook)
I just heard from Hyun Lee, one of the two Korean American activists being deported by the South Korean government. Here is a statement sent to me and other colleagues at 11:30 pm PST, July 25, 2016.
"Juyeon Rhee and I arrived at Incheon International Airport yesterday and were denied entry by immigration. We were told that the National Intelligence Service has blocked our entry and that we will be deported pursuant to articles 11 and 12 of the Korean immigration law, which prohibits the entry of foreigners who, among other things, are 'deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of the Republic of Korea or public safety.' In 6 hours, we will board a plane headed to Hawaii (as our return ticket had a stop in Hawaii). Two members of Veterans for Peace will arrive soon and we will find out if they are able to enter or will be denied entry as well."
Hyun and Jeyeon are representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea (of which I am a member). They had traveled to South Korea to participate in the annual Jeju Peace March as well as join protests against the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea. The two activists had traveled to South Korea numerous times in the past with no problems (I traveled to South Korea in 2013 with Hyun). They have never broken any laws in South Korea and had never been denied entry nor deported in the past.
This is an act of political repression. Many South Koreans oppose the deployment of THAAD, which has been pushed heavily by the US government and will be under the control of US forces in Korea. It is outrageous that the South Korean government considers US citizens who stand in solidarity with Korean opponents of THAAD as enemies of the state. THIS IS NOT WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE.
2016.05.19 (Source: Facebook)
During and after the Kwangju uprising, the South Korean military rounded up over 3,000 young protesters and sent them to this prison, which is located inside the city just a block from the Holiday Inn where I was staying. There, they were beaten mercilessly and tortured for weeks before being put on trial for sedition by the martial law authorities. While the US ambassador to South Korea was applauding the military for its "restraint" in retaking the city (with the approval of the US general who headed the US-Korean Joint Command), Gwangju's best and brightest were subjected to this horrific treatment - just for demonstrating for democracy. This military prison is now preserved so all can see these crimes against humanity. Our guides, the 3 men dressed in camouflage, all were imprisoned here - you can see one of them (in the mustache) in the old picture of one of the trials. Our main guide, asked about the role of the United States, reminded us that General Wickham, the top US general in Korea at the time, said he didn't think Koreans would be upset by the new martial law regime because people in South Korea just follow military dictators "like lemmings." He said: "that shamed the Korean people." Maybe one day a US president can come here and apologize to the people of Kwangju for our failure to place human rights ahead of national security during the days of Gwangju.
2016.05.18 (Source Facebook)
At the National Cemetery today in Gwangju - the official government commemoration. Note the people demonstrating against the government's attempts to suppress the "Song of the Beloved," the anthem of the uprising. The last two pictures are the grave of Yoon Sang-won, the legendary leader of the uprising who was killed in the Provincial Building on May 27, 1980, when Korean troops released by the US-Korean Joint Command entered the city and quelled the rebellion. Bradley Martin, who was there as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, interviewed Yoon just before his death. Yoon told him he was willing to die for the cause. "He kept his word," Brad told reporters. "He was a brave, courageous man."
2016.10.02 The 4.19 Democratic Uprising in South Korea
South Korea’s First Revolution
Through the eyes of an American boy in Seoul